Personal Trainer Adam Knueppel busts the myth of: Post-Workout Muscle Soreness

The belief: If you aren’t sore the next day, then your workout wasn’t good enough.

The reality: Soreness isn’t always a good indicator of a good workout. Soreness just means your body isn’t used to what you just put it through. But the more you continue with that same workout the less sore you will become. Your body needs time to adapt to what you put it through. That’s why it’s a good thing to stick with a consistent workout program for 4-6 weeks, otherwise it will be difficult to know if progress is being made. And as soon as you switch to a different workout, yes you may be sore the next day or two but that’s just because your body doesn’t know what to do other than to adapt. That’s why tracking your workouts can be beneficial. By tracking you can see if progress is being made, because PROGRESS is best way to know if you had a good workout. For example, say for one workout you accomplish squats for 3 sets of 10 reps but then the next workout you get 3 sets of 12 reps. THAT’S PROGRESS– that’s what matters, not soreness. And say you do get sore, that doesn’t mean you stop working out until the soreness goes away. The best way to get rid of the soreness, besides proper nutrition, is to workout again.

December 2017